Don't run out of air
By Lynn Seldon
June 26, 2003
Upside: Can save your life!
Downside: Not having it with you
Rating: ^^^^^ (5 out of 5 peaks)
Ideal User: Great idea for divers of all levels and abilities
As an avid scuba diver, I'm often asked what happens if I run out of air when underwater. The standard answer is that divers are taught
'buddy breathing' during their certification process, which basically teaches sharing a tank of air until you get to the surface. But
in real life, buddy breathing isn't always the best answer.
Spare Air, a product of Submersible Systems, solves this problem with their mini hoseless self-rescue system. It's been saving lives since 1979
and more than 200,000 of the miniature breathing systems are used worldwideby recreational divers, as well as for military and commercial uses.
Spare Air is available in the standard size of 3.0 cubic feet in both regular air and Nitrox, as well as a smaller 1.7 cubic-foot version for
instructors. Submersible Systems recently introduced a Spare Air package, which includes the Spare Air unit in neon yellow, a covered holster
to attach to a diver's BC, a safety leash to prevent loss, and a new and easy-to-use refill adapter. All these items purchased separately would
have cost $350, but the package price is just $299.
The Spare Air website features the entire Spare Air product line, as well as 21 Ways that Divers Run Out of Air' and 'Why Sharing Air
is Not the Solution.'
Reviewed and written by Lynn Seldon, www.lynnseldon.com
Lynn has spent the past fifteen years covering all aspects of travel writing and photography. His books specialize in
travel within Virginia, West Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic, Florida and the Bahamas. He also focuses on travel within the
Southeast US and the Caribbean, outdoor and adventure travel, eco-tourism, cruise ship travel, boating, scuba diving,
hiking, mountain biking, golf, beaches, resorts, cities and countryside.